The Cossack Art Awards continues to attract a high calibre of respected arts professionals and celebrated artists, who every year, are responsible for the arduous task of selecting winners for each of the Award categories. 

The 2016 Cossack Art Award Judges were;

Jenny Watson

Jenny Watson was born in Melbourne and lives between Brisbane and Europe, exhibiting her works both nationally and internationally. In 1993 Jenny represented Australia at the Biennale in Venice. She works with multi-part installations using painting, text and object. In her pictures, she develops complex stories that have a feminist and socio-critical aspect, while at the same time seem to allow confidential insights into her life. She is most recently featured in CONFESSION, written by Benedikt Stegmayer a philosopher and art historian. Jenny has previosuly judged the Sulman Prize and brings her critical eye and wealth of knowledge to the 2016 Cossack Art Awards.

Laurie Nilsen

Laurie Nilsen was born in Queensland and is a founding member of the Campfire Group and part of the ProppaNow Artist Cooperative. Nilsen works with sculpture, featuring the use of barbed wire, often encompassing cultural, political and environmental concerns. He has won many awards for his installation and sculptural work including the 2007 Wandjuk MWandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Awards at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Nilsen lectures in Contemporary Indigenous Art and brings his rich cultural experience and knowldge to the judging of the 2016 Cossack Art Awards.

Sasha Grishin AM

Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the Australian National University. He studied at the universities of Melbourne, Moscow, London and Oxford and has served several terms as visiting scholar at Harvard University. He works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator. In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, in 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Australian art and art history. He has published over twenty-five books and over two thousand articles and catalogue essays dealing with various aspects of art. Professor Sasha Grishin AM brings his extensive, international wealth of knowledge and expertise to the 2016 Cossack Art Awards.

We will announce our 2017 Judges very soon.